Category Archives: Movies & Documentaries

Branded to Kill

The textbook example of a film misunderstood in its own time, upon releasing Branded to kill the legendary Japanese director Seijun Suzuki was fired by Nikkatsu Studios because the film didn’t make any money and made even less sense. Nikkatsu even went to the length

The Complete Dr Phibes

Arrow films resume their retrospective of the finest titles from Vincent Price’s filmography with a boxset showcasing Robert Fuest’s Doctor Phibes films – the Abominable Dr Phibes and Dr Phibes rises again. Before moving onto the films themselves the matter of the bundle is in

Nashville (1975)

Catching up with reviews for the immense catalogue of releases we’ve accumulated is one of Masters of Cinema’s latest releases and a film singled out as one of Altman’s best works – Nashville. On the sheer scale of the venture, thinking of this release as

Porky’s

The Last American Virgin, Fast Times at Ridgemont High, Animal House and Porky’s – the 1980s was packed to the brim with teen sex comedies that rigidly follow the same formula. To that end, one could legitimately rinse and repeat the previous review of the

Omar

Politics effect everything in present-day civilisation whether one wishes to engage with them or not, but for some it isn’t a matter of choice. There are a few places that are politically infamous on name alone; Korea’s DMZ is one such area, as is the

The Pit and the Pendulum

The Fall of the House of Usher, Theatre of Blood, the upcoming Dr Phibes collection and Pit and the Pendulum, it would be more than fair to say that Arrow are on something of a Vincent Price kick as of late. With their previous release,

Sullivan’s Travels (1941)

During the rise of Hollywood in the glamorous era that spanned the 1920s to the 40s, the industry was undoubtedly anchored by producers, opposing the director that contemporary cinema has established as the norm. All the same, a few directors carved out names for themselves

Theatre of Blood

Vincent Price had a very successful career in the wilderness of genre. As such the most variety he had was as a young man, long before he became the icon he was in later life and long before he collaborated with Roger Corman. The recognizable

The Good Man

Telling one story in a film is enough of a challenge, those that interweave more into their narrative demand a colossal level of balance to be anything more than a gimmick. ABCs of Death is both a perfect example and condemnation of this hyper-ambitious mode

The Delta Force

Despite a reputation comparable to the top-tier of American action stars, Chuck Norris doesn’t have the catalogue of roles to permit his lofty status. The “best” of a bad bunch are Texas Walker Ranger, getting beat up by Bruce Lee in Way of the Dragon